My husband and I chose this apartment for its character (brick arches and tiled walls) and location, and in all aspects but one were not disappointed. We agree with all the comments from previous reviewers regarding its excellent value, beauty, reflection of Portuguese culture, and location (we loved the street it’s on, and the fact that there is a small market open until midnight very close by). We also agree with the accessibility and kindness of Mário, who responded promptly to our emails. We arrived on a Sunday when he was out to lunch; however, a gentlemanly American friend of his was waiting for us and gave us information about the place and the city.
Important caveat: Although the bathroom is very small and reaching it from the bedroom takes walking through the kitchen and several steps, it would still have been O.K. The problem was its noticeable odor of open sewage. As soon as the door of the bathroom (which was closed upon our arrival) was opened we could smell it. I thought the reason was that the small bathroom had been closed for a long time, but when we returned from our first excursion of the city we immediately noticed that the unpleasant smell had reached the kitchen. We didn’t want to waste any of our precious time in Lisbon so we decided to endure it. The day of our departure we talked to Mário, who assured us he did not know of the problem and attributed its probable cause to recent bathroom remodeling in a neighbor’s unit. He assured us he would look into the problem, so if no future reviewer mentions this issue it’s clear that the situation was only temporary.
Tip: The beautiful, heavy, wooden door, which I so admired upon arrival, gave us a difficult time as we returned to the apartment from our first evening on town as we were unable to open it. It was cold and windy outside and after several tries we decided to call Mário, who showed up promptly. Opening the door has a trick; make sure to learn it when you first get the key. Also, it seems safe lo leave this door unlocked during the day as there is a second door which needs to be unlocked to enter the apartment and which presents no problem in opening it.